Time for Camp

We usually kick off the summer by sending our daughters to camp for a week.  Prior to camp, we pull out the trunks.  Decorate the trunks. And then fill the trunks.  Three simple steps that take many many many days.  We check our list and check it twice.  We fill ziplock bag after ziplock bag of outfits, costumes, swimsuits, pajamas, and more.  It is quite the process.  (I can’t imagine sending them to college!!)

But the day we drop them off…emotions are everywhere.  One daughter captured it very well.  She said she was ner-cited (nervous + excited).  To be honest, we were all “ner-cited”…even the dog.  But we pressed on.  The trunks were already packed and in the car.  The care packages were ready to be delivered.  (By the way….I may just sign myself up for camp next year.  No laundry. No cooking. The blob. And care packages EVERYDAY!!)  We were headed to camp and nothing was going to stop us!

And then a funny thing happened in the car on the way to camp.  One daughter held my hand and one daughter leaned on my shoulder.  If I had been close enough to my mom, I probably would have held her hand too.  We were on our way to experience something new.  We were 4285426377_e67ccd8055_banticipating something around the corner that we cannot see yet.  A change was coming, we just needed a hand to hold and a shoulder to lean on for a little while.

I do not know what “camp” experience is going on in your life this week.  Maybe you have planned for something and it is finally happening.  Maybe you can’t see around the next corner but you have a feeling things are changing.  Maybe you are about to try something new.   When you find yourself “ner-cited” remember the words of found in Deuteronomy 31:8.  “It is the Lord who goes before you, He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.”  Know this…Jesus is right there with you.  And someone who loves you is available to hold your hand or let you lean on their shoulder for a while.

After we settled our youngest daughter into her cabin for camp and said our goodbyes, we walked out of the cabin.  (Honestly, I had to walk out fast before I broke down crying!)  I was so impressed with how easily she told us good-bye.  And then the door to the cabin popped open and she said, “Mom, where are my notes to write you?”  My reply was simple…”In the ziplock!”  with everything else.  And I should have added, “Right next to Jesus. He will be with you all week baby girl.”

Have a great week because he is with you too!

Meredith Bell

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